Parrsboro’s Eldon George and his much-loved Rock Shop on Whitehall Rd. appear in two new paintings by the celebrated Nova Scotia artist Tom Forrestall.
One, depicting a young-looking Eldon George, shows him holding a pewter medallion of the tiny bird-like dinosaur footprints he discovered in 1984 at Wasson’s Bluff.
Prints of that painting and another showing the Rock Shop he founded in 1948 and ran for 67 years will be sold to raise money for a permanent exhibit honouring his life and work.
In August, George sold his Rock Shop to the Cumberland Geological Society and donated his huge collection of rare fossils, gems and minerals to the Fundy Geological Museum.
Some of the specimens will eventually be displayed in the Eldon and Elaine George Memorial Gallery at the museum. See earlier story here.
According to the website on the Rock Shop Project, Tom Forrestall spent a week visiting Eldon George and sketching the beaches where the amateur geologist made his many finds.
Framed prints can be purchased at the Geological Museum while unframed copies are available online for $150.
The paintings were commissioned by Mary O’Regan.
View the Wikipedia entry on Eldon George here.